just essentials

March 24, 2014

roundup / style

just essentials

bracelet | sunglasses | tote | sweater | chambray | jeans | shoes

i have this horrible habit of shopping at forever 21. i’ve been addicted since high school. but the other day when we did a load of laundry and noticed just how many clothes sitting out that weren’t dryer safe — i decided to try to call it quits. i’m an adult.

i am no longer buying stuff at forever 21 and h&m … ok that’s a lie. i will probably still buy certain things for last minute occasions. but i have another bad habit of wearing the same thing over and over. back when i was really going hard on f21 – i was in my early 20s and went out all the time and cared about having new clothes. well i’m almost 30. i no longer need disposable clothes, right?

i’ve decided to purge hard and only buy items that i truly love and that i can hopefully wear for many years. that’s the only way i can reason with myself to spend the extra money. i’ve decided that if i have a steady rotation, i really only need like :

– a half dozen nice tees
– 2 pairs of jeans
– a couple of button downs and sweaters
– a daytime bag
– a nighttime bag
– a couple of dresses (gonna just stick with black)
– a few favorite accessories that don’t turn my skin blue

btw – i bought that cuyana leather tote and am SO happy with it. i use it everyday. do you spend more on nicer items or buy disposables?

payday wishlist

March 21, 2014

wish list

YAY! it’s the first spring weekend! although that also makes me have a mini panic attack every time i think of how soon that is to the wedding – but whatever.

this weekend i’m doing some wedding stuff, i’m also having my portrait taken by kate miss! i am so excited to finally have a photo that i like of myself. get ready sidebar. you gons get updated. HOPE YOU HAVE A WARM WEEKEND!

payday wishlist

01. looove the colors of this simple little ceramic pot.
02. i kinda want a pretty portable speaker in every room of the apartment.
03. vintage fisherman sandals. GIMME.
04. measuring cups are one of those things i never end up updating. my plastic ones are shit.
05. enough with the copper already! i know. except oops — just planned two more copper DIYs. then i’ll be done.
06. love everything young frankk - these earrings are killer.

OH! and check out this monday morning with me over on mint love social club.

i link you

March 20, 2014

i link you

i link you

DIYing your own beaded bridal sash is a LOTTT cheaper than buying one. have you seen how expensive those things are?! (via green wedding shoes)

love this april fools prank. now if only i had children to mess with. (via oh happy day)

neil degrasse tyson is awesome, but what’s really awesome is how stoned he sounds slowed down. (via sploid)

i love me some crystals. so naturally i love crystal projects too. (via design love fest)

this mid century plant stand DIY is so so rad. i want 10. (via a beautiful mess)

diy copper + wood paper towel holder

March 18, 2014


diy copper & wood paper towel holder | almost makes perfect diy copper & wood paper towel holder

a paper towel holder is always an afterthought for me. case in point – i’ve been wanting to DIY one for a year now. but the other day when i deep cleaned the kitchen for the first time in months, i noticed how gross and rusty ours was – i headed out to the hardware store that day.

this project is SUPER easy to make, but you need some good tools and some arm strength or some boyfriend.

diy paper towel holder


a piece of wood (we got this birch in the precut section of the hardware store)
copper pipe
copper cap
industrial strength glue
drill spade bit (we used 7/8″)
miter box
wood conditioner (optional)

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ONE // determine your shape and size. i simply used the hexagon shape tool in photoshop and printed it onto cardstock at around 7″ wide. you can also just draw it. carefully cut out your shape and trace it onto your wood with a pencil.

TWO // saw your shape, we used a miter box which helped a lot, and if you have some sort of jigsaw you’ll have a way easier time. once your base is cut, sand the edges without rounding them, and then if you’d like to, condition the wood. i used feed-n-wax which gave it a much richer color.

THREE // measure the exact center of your base. with your spade bit attached, drill a hole into the base. go as deep as you want to for how much of the pipe you want to show on top.

FOUR // using a paper towel roll as your measurement, cut down your copper pipe with your hacksaw. cap it off.

FIVE // make sure your copper pipe fits snugly in the hole, apply glue and let dry for a few hours!

diy copper & wood paper towel holder | almost makes perfect diy copper & wood paper towel holder

i am so so happy with the final result. and it makes such a difference when i am looking at our sink now!

diy copper & wood paper towel holder

printable watercolor bookmarks

March 13, 2014

diy / downloads

printable watercolor bookmarks

i’m going to cincinnati, ohio today until sunday — so i’m saying goodbye early this week. my cousins kids are having a b’nai mitzvah so it’ll be a weekend long family reunion / party. hoping my down parka that i keep in storage will keep me warm!

here’s a confession : i never read books. ever. EVER. i took a book to hawaii last year with me and got halfway through. that was huge for me! when i was in high school i read all the time, but then i just stopped. it’s really bad. and you’ve seen my shelving. i own about 17,000 books. anyway — i’m always hopeful when i’m on an airplane that i’ll have nothing else to do but actually read so in honor of the attempt, i made myself some simple watercolor ombre bookmarks and i wanted to share with you too!

free printable watercolor bookmark

see that book right there? never read it. totally just a prop.

free printable watercolor bookmarks | almost makes perfect

anyone have suggestions on books that are so good you can’t put them down — even if you’re a non-reader?

my favorites are (were) invisible monsters by chuck palahniuk, breakfast of champions by kurt vonnegut and heartburn by nora ephron. pretty much the only books i got through in the last ten years.

registry : wanted

wish list

now that we’ve sent out our save the dates and i’m so so close to done with vendor booking – we’re starting to setup our registry! while we would love to just register for a house, i don’t think it’s very polite to ask for money. so instead, we’re gonna mostly go with stuff that can be placed in said future house.

uncommon goods is an online shop that sells a bunch of unique home decor and art prints, that i always look at when i’m holiday gift shopping, but since i’m in the registry market, they asked me to take a look at their stuff and see what i liked. well unfortunately there’s a ton. this teak root mirror immediately screamed out “buy me”. doesn’t it look just like the one in the ace hotel palm springs lobby?! also anything we can do to feel like we’re in new york is good with us, so i would love to get a couple of those porcelain coffee cups.

wanted from uncommon goods

01 i’ve always wanted salt lamps, they give off super warm mellow light just like i like.
02 teak root mirror. gimme.
03 part of being a grown up is having real art. love this city of angels double exposure print.
04 i can handle no handle (PUN) with these greek mugs
05 this minimalist teak wall shelf is the perfect size for those weird unused corners
06 you know i like wood. so naturally (PUN) i love this photography transfer wood wall art.
07 the prettiest nesting mixing bowls i would ever own for sure.

this post was sponsored by uncommon goods. all opinions are 100% my own.

freeloader // 7

March 12, 2014

downloads / graphic design

free iphone wallpaper | palm trees

not only am i sharing a new iphone background today, i’m also giving you a sneak peak of the pattern we’re working on for our wedding suite! now that spring is about here — let’s celebrate with some palm trees!

palm tree iphone background

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